High School Ministry
The St. Jude of the Lake Leadership team is composed of high school juniors and seniors who have an active faith life and integrate this faith into their daily lives. The mission of the Leadership team is three-fold: (a) to deepen the faith life of the individual members; (b) to provide Catholic leadership training based on character development; (c) to provide opportunities for leadership in the Church.
Leadership models usually begin with an assessment of skills, gifts, and personality. Very few programs attempt development and formation of character as its basis. We aim for the latter model, namely that a Catholic leader is someone who understands the teaching of Jesus as the center of their life, created in the image and likeness of God, rather than simply a static personality or a skill set that someone learns. This means that faith and character are the foundation upon which skills are nurtured. Applications are available on request or by invitation.
Leadership opportunities include Wednesday night ARK Nights, running Teen Zone during Cornfest, teaching as a catechist, serving as a Eucharistic minister, lector, or usher, and other volunteer activities
ARK Nights (drop in)
Ark Nights are held once a month on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the ARK. All 8 – 12th graders are invited. Led by our High School Leadership Team, these evenings are filled with casual conversation, music, service projects, and plenty of snacks and beverages. All high school students are encouraged to attend. The Ark is located behind the school gym on Fir street – parking is available in the church lot or directly in front of the ARK. No need to register, just come as you are. There is no cost to attend ARK Nights.
Discipleship Groups (D-Groups):
Students: Do you want a solid group of friends to grow in your faith from now until you graduate high school?
D-Groups consist of 5-7 friends (guys or girls – single gender groups) of the same grade who gather on a regular basis to discuss life, grow in their faith, have FUN!, and seek support for the challenges and joys of their high school years. Meetings occur off-campus… in homes or coffee shops in the area! Groups may self-form or individuals may contact Laura Stierman to be added to a group.
Adults: D-groups are led by a trained adult volunteer (a “Mentor”) who uses the D-Group curriculum found on FORMED.org. Parents are encouraged to host at least one session at their home – so that they can see how cool the information is and know what is going on in their child’s faith life. Men mentors are especially needed!
To form a group, be added to a group, or to be an adult Mentor, contact Laura Stierman
TEENS! At the core of our being is a desire for meaningful connection and authentic relationship. We long to love and be loved, but how often do we just feel lonely or alone in our faith? As we search for ways to escape these feelings of isolation, there comes a small, quiet whisper that pierces through to the depths of our heart: “You are never alone, because you are Mine.”Our theme this year is BELONG! As in, you belong to God, to our parish, and with us here on the amazing adventure that is Steubenville Rochester!
PARENTS: One of the jokes that will be told to open the Conference goes like this: “If this is your first OR even your fifth time at Steubenville, we hope that you encounter God is a new and deeper way. If this is your first time here, get ready to have your world changed. If you are one of those kids who thought they were going to football camp… Sorry! But welcome… and in the end, you’ll thank your parents for not sending you to football camp.”
Your teen may not be “all in” for going to a Catholic youth conferences. Our St. Jude Leadership team juniors and seniors (11 of them) are coming and leading the way. Your kids will see other normal kids having a faith life. These juniors and seniors are athletes, academics, in leadership positions, and just all around great teens for your child to hang around with. The speakers at this conference know teens… their struggles, pain, joys, and accomplishments. Everyone gets something out of the conference, including me. Your kids BELONG here. Spaces are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
Call Laura Stierman with questions.
We have 38 spots this year to fill! Let’s show Rochester that St. Jude is alive and well! You will NOT regret the experience that is a Steubenville Youth Conference.
FEE: Registration forms and $150 payment are due by January 31st. We have 2 fundraisers this year, both during Lent.
Our timeline (subject to change):
Wednesday, July 10th
6:00pm Arrival to St. Jude
- Team building
- Praise & Worship/Confessions
Men sleep in school, women in Upper Commons
Thursday, July 11th
- Rosary Walk/Breakfast at 4 Seasons
- Team Pine City and Hinkley arrive!
- Service Project: Update the ARK (paint inside and out)
- Large group Team building
Friday, July 12th
- Finish service
- Depart for Rochester
Friday through Sunday, July 14th
CONFERENCE! Rock out with SONAR. Hear Jason Evert, Katie Hartfiel, Nic Frank, and Paul George. [And maybe an appearance with Connor Flanagan????] We are staying at the Kahler Inn and Suites in Rochester, about 6 blocks from the Rochester Convention Center.
Sunday, July 14th about 3:00pm. Return to St. Jude, energized, holy, and ready to take on the world!